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LINKTV
Oct 4, 2012 11:30am PDT
concentration of population along the coastal lowlands is a defing ure ofapan's modern ndscape. tokyo is not only the largest, but also the most densely concentrated megalopolis on earth. in order to navigate this, workers in tokyo rely on the intricate and efficient web of public transit train routes. it's half past 4:00 in the morning at tokyo's otemachi subway station. this is an unlikely place to be riding a bicycle, but for station employees, it's a matter of crse. otemachi is the largest subway station in tokyo. five different subway lines go through this station and there are 38 separate exits. the first chore each morning is to open all of the outside shutters. since it would take too long to walk to each one, employees use bicycles get around in time. tokyo train stations, otemachi and ginza, are at the core of tokyo. there is a dramatic difference between the daytime and nighttime population in this area. according to the 2000 census, over one million people work here, but only 40,000 people live here. that means for every 26 people here during the day, only one is here duri
KCSMMHZ
Oct 25, 2012 6:00am PDT
is trying to give voters another option the next time they goto the polls. tokyo governor shintaro ishihara is preparing to launch a new conservative party. ishihara announced thursday he will resign as governor. >> translator: i am creating a new party, and along with its members, my colleagues, i'll be returning to national politics. this follows the path i set as tokyo governor for the past 14 years. >> ishihara said japan needs political realignment. he had been trying to form an alliance with another conservative party, but the discussions fell apart. he recently talked with osaka mayor toru hashimoto about working together. hashimoto has just launched his own national party to field candidates in the upcoming election, expected anytime between now and next summer. ishihara is nope for his strong views. his actions sparked the recent tensions over territory in the east china sea. he raised money to purchase the senkaku islands from a japanese owner. he wanted to develop the islands, but the central government moved in to nationalize the territory. that prompted widespread protests in c
PBS
Oct 29, 2012 7:00pm PDT
in japan are opening this tuesday. we go to ramin who is at the tokyo stock exchange. how are stocks kicking off this morning. >> very good morning. let's have a look at some of the data that came out. unemployment coming at 4.2%. that's unchanged. we did have preliminary industrial production that came at minus 4.1%. that's the third consecutive month of declines there. there's relating to the industrial production part of it. there is a big focus on how tokyo will trade. both indexes are trading higher this tuesday, october 30th and both indexes as you can see on the screen up in the first few minutes of trading. investors will see what the bank of japan will do as it convenes its meeting today and what the governor of the bank will say at the news conference following that meeting. market expectations are for an increase in the boj's asset buying program which includes such things as real estate funt funds. the yen will be closely watched for any science of depreciation following that meeting. let's have a look at the currency levels on the screen. 79.76 to 79 and the euro yen 102
KCSMMHZ
Oct 15, 2012 6:00am PDT
and taiwan claim them. gemba met in tokyo with deputy secretary of state william burns. burns is in japan ahead of visits to china and south korea. during the discussions gemba reiterated that the senkaku islands are an inherent part of japanese territory. he added this is based on historical fact and international law. gemba explained japan is trying to facilitate dialogue with china while asking its neighbor to act calmly. the diplomats also touched on the subject of north korea. they agreed to continue to work with south korea to address the north's nuclear program. they also decided to keep looking into the issue of japanese nationals who were abducted by north korean agents in the 1970s and '80s. >>> government officials from japan, china, and south korea have emphasized the importance of cooperation to overcome confrontations. representatives of the three nations met monday in seoul to mark the first anniversary of an organization to promote peace and prosperity in the area. the top issues on the delegates' agenda were the territorial disputes pitting japan against its neighbors. be
PBS
Oct 8, 2012 7:00pm PDT
mp mplg. >>> it's tuesday, october 9th. world financial leaders are gathering in tokyo at the annual meters of the international monetary fund and world bank. it's the first time in 48 years for japan to host the events. financial officials for more than 180 countries are attending the conferences starting tuesday. imf managing director will be among them. high on the agenda are europe's prolonged credit problems around the slow down of emerging economies. there will be donor countries and the meeting to discuss the arab spring popular movement. an international conference is slated for sundai. imf representatives are starting off a week of announcements by releasing their global economic outlook. they are lored forecast by 0.2%age points to 3.3% the the report says economic decline is serious in southern economic countries. it also points out the european uncertainty is slowing growth in emerging nations such as china. the report projects the euro zone will shrink. japan and the united states should see 2.2% growth. global growth will increase to 3.3% next year but the
PBS
Oct 10, 2012 5:00pm PDT
>>> hello, welcome to "newsline." it's thursday, october 11th. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. >>> nato ministers say they're sticking to a scheduled withdrawal of the combat troops from afghanistan by the end of 2014. the organization is under pressure to pull out early after a string of insider attacks against its troops. defense ministers from nato's 28 member nations met in brussels on wednesday on the final day of a two-day conference. about 100,000 nato-led soldiers are stationed in afghanistan, mostly from the u.s. some nations want to speed up the pullout of the soldiers. but the meeting confirms there would be no changes to the withdrawal plan. nato ministers insisted that afghan military and police control an area covering three-quarters of the country's population. they also agreed to drop plans to train afghan troops and police to handle the aftermath of the combat troop withdrawal. nato secretary-general anders flores mussen insists it's based on assessment of the situation in afghanistan. >> it's not because isaf partners rushed for the exit. it's not because of
KCSMMHZ
Oct 29, 2012 5:30pm PDT
in tokyo. people in the u.s. northeast are looking out their windows and seeing the blurry images of a storm headed their way. they're facing an onslaught of rain and wind as hurricane sandy pushing inland. two people are missing after a ship sank off north carolina. several municipalities in the storm's path have declared a state of emergency. forecasters say the storm is unusually large. it's expected to cut across new jersey over the next several hours. more than 6,000 houses in the state have already lost electricity. u.s. president barack obama made a direct appeal to people in the hurricane's path. >> the most important message that i have for the public right now is please listen to what your state and local officials are saying. when they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate. >> 370,000 new yorkers who live close to the water have left. the wind was so strong it bent the metal on a crane at this construction site. city officials have shet down the transit system. businesses and shops have closed. workers are piling up sandbags in front of subway entrances and buildin
KCSMMHZ
Oct 9, 2012 5:30pm PDT
>>> welcome to "newsline." it's wednesday october 10th. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. economists at the international monetary fund are seeing risks wherever they look. in the eurozone, in china, in japan, and the united states. they downgraded their forecast for global growth in their latest report released at the opening of the imf and world bank meetings in tokyo. they say nations must take action to safeguard stability and restore confidence. juan madison reports. >> reporter: some of the world's leading economic minds gathered at the tokyo international forum. they opened their meetings with little fanfare and little optimism. >> the world economy recovery continues, but it has weakened further. in advanced economies, growth is now too little to make a substantial dent in unemployment. >> reporter: colleagues cut their forecasts for growth worldwide to 3.3% this year. the recovery has suffered new setbacks, they wrote. and uncertainty weighs heavily on the outlook. >> you can call it a general feeling of uncertainty about the future. worries about the ability of
KCSMMHZ
Oct 10, 2012 5:30pm PDT
in tokyo. nato ministers are sticking to a scheduled withdrawal from afghanistan by the end of 2014. the organization is under pressure to pull out early after a string of insider attacks against its troops. defense ministers from nato's 28 member nations met in brus els on wednesday. about 100,000 nato-led soldiers are stationed in afghanistan, mostly from the u.s. some nations want to speed up the pull out of the soldiers. but they confirm no changes to the withdrawal plan. ministers insist military police control an area covering three-quarters of the country's population. they also agree to draw up plans to train to handle the aftermath of the combat troop withdrawal. nato secretary general insisted the schedule is based on objective assessments of the situation in afghanistan. >> it's not because partners rush for the exit. it's not because of lack of cohesion within our coalition. on the contrary. >> but relations between nato-led forces and afghanistan have been strained by insider attacks. afghan military and police, or people wearing afghan uniforms, have killed more than 5
PBS
Oct 11, 2012 7:00pm PDT
skills to a conference room in tokyo. they'll be discussing ways to lead the economic recovery and ensure growth. the imf meetings opened a few days ago. imf managing director are scheduled to give speeches at friday's meeting. they have been calling on leaders to take action to maintain confidence. things haven't changed much since the last time they gathered. some of those emerging nations met on the sidelines of the conference. brazil, russia, india and south africa want developed countries to speed up their response to the economic slow down. delegates at the meetings have spent a lot of time analyzing the situation in the euro zone. they'll have more numbers to go over today. unemployment in greece has worsened. one out of every four working age people are jobless and they are growing satisfied with their government's plan to increase taxes and cut social spending. the jobless rate was 25.1% in july. that's up 0.3 percentage points from the previous months. people between the ages of 15 and 24 are facing the toughest situation. their unemployment rate hit 54.2%. that means one in two
PBS
Oct 24, 2012 7:00pm PDT
,077. and t s h sck he paar openingh we go to ramin mlerdthe tokyo stock exchange. especially a japan kicked off with its enings season from this week as well. whatanouel? >>extl th'soing to be a big focus here. indeed, as if u.s. earnings weren't enough of a drag o ovalseimt, we're going to get a slew of corporate earnings from japan as well. and really that's kept investors a little bitidin he d 've had s far for the nikkei and the topix this week. let's have a look at the oni lelsorthuray octer 25th, and we're getting mixed results again. nikkei just a little bit lower and the topix a tch hier. t'not forget t nikkei yesterday snapped seven days of gains and a great deal of focus is now shifting on how corporate jan gng t look yestery after the bell we had earnings from kddi which is japan's co-bge mil phone operator. it reported a 43% plummet in net profit for the first half of this ar ended in september. that amounts to around $1 billion. nintendo also released numbers after the bell yesrdnd i said it's going to cut its profit outlook by 70% for the year ending march 2013. last year it
PBS
Oct 4, 2012 7:00pm PDT
returned to tokyo. the head of taiwan ease liaison office came back to japan. >> translator: there is no change in taiwan's claim of sovereignty over the islands. i want japan to understand taiwan's intent to promote peaceful dialogue and joint development. >> they want to quickly resume negotiations with japan on fishing rights around the islands. the talks have been suspended for more than three years. >> translator: fishery rights are an important issue that effects the livelihood of fishermen. i will negotiate with japan to decide the timing and agenda of fishery talks. >> he also expressed hopes to deepen ties with japan despite issues. >>> people who live or work in one area of tokyo keep reading about the divisions between japan and china. ties between japanese and their chinese neighbors are closer than ever. >> reporter: one of the tokyo's busiest areas. they are been operating businesses here. at the moment they are more than 300 enterprises. you'll find japanese and chinese businesses right next door to each other and there is plenty of interchange among them. >>
KCSMMHZ
Oct 1, 2012 6:00am PDT
in central tokyo over the weekend. they listened to japanese and korean pop music, and they watched performances that showed off the cultural traditions of both countries. geographically close but emotionally distant, the longstanding expression describing the relationship between japan and south korea sounds out of date here. >> translator: i don't feel the tension between japan and south korea. >> translator: the japan/south korea event is a positive thing. >> reporter: especially when you see this, a traditional korean-style wedding. organizers held the ceremony for the first time. a japanese/korean couple said the vows. joo hyun-chui served as groom. he's actually a groom-to-be. he'll marry his japanese girlfriend, hitomi, next year. joo was educated mainly in britain. now he works in tokyo at his mother's korean restaurant. he taught himself japanese and is fluent. given his language skills and international experience, marrying a non-korean seemed natural. >> translator: as a korean citizen living and working in japan who chose to marry a japanese woman, i feel the way the pol
KCSMMHZ
Oct 12, 2012 6:00am PDT
to work together to overcome their challenges. the eu's top official who was in tokyo to attend the imf/world bank meetings spoke to nhk. >> we have challenges for the moment in europe, but, it is indeed a happy day for europe and i trust for the world. >> european commission president jose manuel barroso welcomed the news. he said the award is a great honor for the citizens of europe, all member states, and european institutions. >> it is justified recognition for any project that works for the benefit of its citizens and also for the benefit of the world. >> barroso said the award shows that the eu remains an inspiration for countries and people all over the world. he said the international community needs a strong european union. >>> delegates at the annual meetings of the international monetary fund and world bank have been talking about europe all week, though in less glowing terms. the head of the imf told the gathering in tokyo that the your zone is being severely tested. christine lagarde said the road ahead will be long and will have its share of roadblocks. >> the global recov
KCSMMHZ
Oct 29, 2012 6:00am PDT
restoration party, which was established by osaka mayor toru hashimoto. they're also watching the tokyo governor who announced last week that he plans to form a national party. the prime minister is in a jam. he needs the parties to get the budget passed and avoid a government shut down. but he can got give the parties what they really want, an election. or he and his party will find themselves driven out of power. >>> japan's two major stock markets, the yoke owe stock exchange, and the osaka securities exchange, are planning to merge next july. the two exchanges are trying to revive trading in japan in the face of their declining international positions. tse president saito announced the plan at a news conference on monday. >> translator: we want our company to maintain competitiveness in asia as well as the world. >> the two exchanges plan to establish a holding company next january. then they will integrate their stock markets in the tse to improve trading efficiency. their derivatives markets will be combined in the ose by the end of the next business year. but the exchanges for st
PBS
Oct 3, 2012 7:00pm PDT
to the islands as the chinese name for the territory. they accused washington and tokyo of crafting backroom deals to give japan administrative control over the islands. it called the deals illegal and invalid. >>> carmakers from around the world are in china this week taking part in an international automobile show. the strained relations over the senkaku islands have put a dent in japan's participation in the event. the international automobile show opened on wednesday with all the flash and glitter usually associated with car shows. on display are the latest models of 65 u.s., european and asian carmakers. japan's toyota and nissan car companies are among those showing off their newest models, but noticeably absent are other well-known japanese brands, honda, mitsubishi and subaru. the local car dealers decided not to take part in this year's event following anti-japan unrest in several chinese cities last month. >> translator: i do not want to buy a japanese vehicle due to the senkaku dispute. >> translator: however both countries handle the dispute, i think japanese carmakers should sti
PBS
Oct 5, 2012 7:00pm PDT
>>> portrait of a crisis. tokyo electric power company releases additional video that shows the confusion at the heart of a nuclear disaster. welcome to nhk world "newsline." the operator of the fukushima daiichchpower plant has released more video of employees in the heat of the nuclear crisis. tokyo electric power company posted footage online of its teleconferences in the days after the accident last year. the pictures highlight uncertainty caused by company executives and government officials. tepco released six hours of video. it was recorded over five days starting march 11th. the footage shows people at the plant, an offsite center, at the firm's head office in tokyo and other branch offices. one section shows the plant chief was unable to communicate with government officials. >> another part shows the confusion over how to open the valve and lower the pressure inside a reactor. >> tepco officials say they plan to release more video recorded in the month after the accident. >>> japan's industry minister says the government will not allow a power company to start buil
KCSMMHZ
Oct 8, 2012 5:30pm PDT
>>> hello. welcome to "newsline." it's tuesday, october 9th. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. central bank and business leaders from more than 180 countries are gather k here in tokyo. they're attending the meetings of the international monetary fund and the world bank. imf representatives are releasing their latest global economic outlook. they lowered their growth forecast by 0.2 percentage points to 3.3%. the report says economic decline is especially serious in southern european countries despite policies to address the credit crisis. it also points out the european credit uncertainty is slowing growth in developing countries. emerging and developing countries will grow by 5.3%, it se. it says japan and the united states should see 2.2% growth. imf analysts are saying it should is grow to 3.6% next year. but still poses a threat to the global economy. >>> analysts a at the world bank have cut their forecasts for growth in east asia. they say china's slowing economy will have a weakening effect across the region. the bank's latest report projects 7.2% growth this year acro
KCSMMHZ
Oct 26, 2012 6:00am PDT
to head up. daisuke azuma, nhk world, tokyo. >>> japanese carmaker production in china plun mged in september compared to a year ago. strained relations between the two countries are affecting sales there. suzuki motor and toyota suffered an output decline in china of over 40% from the same month last year. mitsubishi motors production dropped by 30.5%. honda and nissan's both fell over 20% and mazda's by 13.7%. the ban in china for japanese autos is expected to continue for some time. carmakers plan to keep down their output. toyota has decided on a 35% production cut at its plants in china through the end of this year. japanese automakers reduced domestic production as well in september. the figure for the eight major firms is down 12.2% from a year ago. that's the first decline in 12 months. the end of the government subsidies for buyers of ecofriendly cars is partly to blame. >>> here are the latest market figures. >>> disgraced chinese politician bo xilai might soon have to answer for his alleged wrong doings in court. members of the country's top legislature have expelled t
KCSMMHZ
Oct 31, 2012 6:00am PDT
innovative in how they steal people's information. police in tokyo have arrested five people on suspicion of creating smartphone applications designed to take data stored in handsets. some say developers need to be more rigorous in how they screen apps. nhk world reports. >> reporter: users can find software for seemingly endless number of things these days. social networking, photo sharing. data thieves in tokyo created application that resembled existing software for games. they wanted to take advantage of users, and steal personal information. they designed their fraud for smartphones, preying on the android system. users can download the application for free. experts recreated how the app works. when the application is installed, the data in the phones, e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, will be transmitted to an outside server. then, this message would pop up. the user would never realize their personal info was in somebody else's hands. the police caught on. they arrested the former chairman of a tokyo-based i.t. firm and four others. police say the thieves uploaded about 50 appli
PBS
Oct 1, 2012 5:00pm PDT
countries are trying to say friends. crowds gathered in central tokyo over the weekend and showed up the culture traditions of both countries. the long standing expression describes the relationship between japan and south korea sounds out of date here. >> translator: i don't feel the tension between japan and south kor korea. the event is a positive thing. >> reporter: especially when you see this. a traditional korean style wedding. organizers helped the ceremony for the first time. a japanese korean couple said the vows. he's a groom to be. he'll marry his japanese girlfriend next year. he was educated mainly in britain. now he works in tokyo at his mother's korean restaurant. he taught himself japanese and is fluent. marrying a nonkorean seemed natural. >> translator: as a korean citizen living and working in japan who chose to marry a japanese woman, i feel the way the dispute is handled on tv is exaggerated. >> reporter: more than 40,000 korean japanese couples get married every year, but people didn't welcome the unions as much years ago as they do now. he's a third generation
PBS
Oct 2, 2012 5:00pm PDT
from apple shares. to see how stocks are trading this wednesday here in tokyo we go to ra minimum at the stock exchange. with china markets remaining closed looks like most of the cues will be from the u.s. how are stocks in tokyo. >> a little mixed signals from the u.s. in the last couple of sessions there and all of it based also a little bit of hesitation as we have got upcoming earnings coming out of the u.s. and also some uncertainties about a possible bailout for spain which is all playing into the markets as well. let's have a look at how all of that is playing into the opening levels for the nikkei and the topix for wednesday, october 3rd, 8778, down a touch for the nikkei and 730 for the topix and 729 right now and down just a touch from the topix as well. let's not forget the nikkei ended lower for a third day in a row but lower than average volume and so far largely because the china markets have been closed or will be closed for a large part of this week for public holidays. domestic issues have come into play, however. we have been tracking telecom, retail, as well as
WHUT
Oct 3, 2012 7:30am EDT
leaders from around the world will meet next week in tokyo. she said china and japan are global economic forces that should not be dragged down by in their disagreement. she hopes they will try to resolve their differences. lagarde touched on risks facing the global economy. she cited the european debt problems and drastic spending cuts said to take effect in the u.s. early next year. democratic and republican lawmakers could avoid that scenario if they reach an agreement in time. lagarde said the slowdown in china and other emerging economies will be high on the agenda at the meetings in tokyo. >>> coming up -- the land of hope. a japanese director tells a fictional story about the threat of nuclear power. >>> before that, car dealers in the u.s. just keep rolling. they're seeing more and more hybrids and compact cars leaving showrooms as gas prices rise. new car sales rose for a 16th straight month. research firm autodata says sales rose nearly 13% from a year ago to about 1.2 million units. some japanese automakers enjoyed big jumps. toyota's sales soared 41%. honda's rose more than 3
WHUT
Oct 12, 2012 7:30am EDT
. hundreds have met together at annual meetings in tokyo of the international monetary fund and the world bank. and ron madison has been watching the meetings all week. ron, tell uh what is happening there today. >> reporter: we have been reporting on their, attempts to solve their economic challenges all week. in terms of reporting talking about that for quite a few years now. it is something to see hundred of people, some of the leading financial mind in the world to walk into a conference hall and all sit done together. today they filed into the plenary session at tokyo international forum and addressed the challenges of the debt crisis and the effects of that face to face. the director of the international monetary fund, challenged kol le ed colleague crisis behind them. urged them to complete the reform and in making changes urging them to remember those who are less privileged. >> there is a tough road ahead to transform your optimism. my optimism, your optimism into reality. but it can be done. >> world bank president kim, laid out three scenarios for the next few years. in the fir
PBS
Oct 25, 2012 7:00pm PDT
is at the tokyo stock exchange. what can you tell us at the o n open? >> reporter: consumer price index for december was down 0.1%. is marks the fifth straight months of declines for cpi. let's go to the opening level heers f here for this friday morning. getting a bit of ground back the nikkei rebounded strongly yesterday surging to a one-month high. question may get some carryover momentum from the u.s. later in the session. for now just dipping in the negative. we did have some data from long lasting goods in the u.s. which did surge by almost 10% in september. right after the bell on thursday we had earnings from apple and although it posted a record profit with net profit up 24% from the same quarter last year, the results did fall short of some expectations. we did see apple shares trading lower. we're going to keep track of apple related shares. a lot of component makers in japan which go into a lot of products such as the iphone as well as the ipad range. >> also a lot of focus on the yen especially ahead of the boy meeting. where do we stand? >> reporter: let's have a look at t
WHUT
Oct 9, 2012 7:30am EDT
>>> welcome back to "newsline." i'm yuko aotani in tokyo. people around the world are opening up the financial pages ors watching the news on tv and starting to see glimmers of stability. a drop in the unemployment rate in the united states encouraging manufacturing numbers from there and china and growth in emerging markets. but many have read too many stories the past few years to get too excited about the global economy. some of the world's leading economic minds have gathered at the tokyo international tor forum for the annual meeting of the international monetary fund and world bank. nhk's ron madison is there and will be there all week. i was hoping you could break this down for us. what's going on there? >> reporter: there's lots going on. already been a very full morning. lots of people here. we have finance ministers, central bank governors and other officials from 188 member nations all here now to really, you know, try to agree on how to deal with the problems that they share. and as you point out, they do have quite a few of them. of course, we've got the debt crisis
KCSMMHZ
Oct 9, 2012 6:00am PDT
>>> hello and welcome to nhk "newsline." i'm keikichi hanada in tokyo with the latest at this hour. economists at the international monetary fund have looked down the road aways. they see a slow and a bumpy patch ahead. they released an economic outlook after opening up the imf world bank meetings in tokyo, and they cut their forecasts yet again. nhk world's ron madison followed the talks for us at the tokyo international forum. >> reporter: we have spoken with a number of influential economists, and the general sense we're getting here is one of uncertainty. finance ministers, central bank governors and their colleagues from 188 member nations have all read and many have even written about the trouble spots, trouble spots that we've all been hearing about so much lately -- greece, italy, and spain. but they also see question marks elsewhere in europe and in the united states too if politicians there fail to agree on policies that promote growth. let me read one line from the report. it says the recovery has suffered new setbacks and uncertainty weighs heavily on the outlook. >> ro
KCSMMHZ
Oct 10, 2012 6:00am PDT
's ron madison is covering the annual meetings at the imf and the world bank here in tokyo. >> reporter: sometimes the challenges, particularly in europe, seem like something right out of a greek myth. you remember the one about people being punished by rolling a bolder up a hill only to roll it down and up again and again? policymakers have put their heads together, but every week they face new problems and still, the economists at the imf said the europeans have to do more. >> the choice today is between making the necessary but tough policy and political decisions or delaying them once more in the false hope that time is on our side. it is not. >> reporter: jose vinals said private-sector money is flowing out of peripheral economies in europe back to the core ones. that's been pushing up borrowing costs for governments and banks in countries such as spain and italy. vinals said neighbor nations need to do their part toward stability. policymakers need to build stronger firewalls and establish a banking union and a single supervisor. he said weak banks need to restructure their financ
PBS
Oct 17, 2012 7:00pm PDT
toy to tokyo stock exchange. some markets are taking a little bit of a turn for the better. >> good morning, rahim. u.s. housing starts in support did rise to the fastest pace in around four years. but the market gains were capped by some lukewarm earnings by some high-tech giants. let's take a look at how that's moving markets in tokyo this thursday morning. the nikkei and the topix both opening higher. nikkei up 0.9% at 8882. the topix also up 745. the nikkei managed to top the 8800 level for the first time yesterday. that's in six sessions on a weaker yen which boosts exporters and euro related stocks. we'll be keeping an eye today on some tech rated stocks such as chipmakers after intel gave a somewhat cautious outlook for the personal computer sector on weaker global demand and a shift to tablet computers. now speaking of which, apple shares will also be keeping an eye on as the company is expected to announce a new ipad version at an event next week. now also, china third quarter gdp due out in a few hours. we'll be keeping an eye on china stocks. ramin? >> turning to europe,
KCSMMHZ
Sep 30, 2012 5:30pm PDT
kobayashi in tokyo. thousands of japanese spent restless nights as winds rattled their windows. typhoon jelawat has went across the japanese mainland. people in more than 150,000 households woke up to find they didn't have any power. the storm killed one man in okinawa. he was fishing when a wave washed him away. a man in central japan was trying to save his man from a swollen richb when he disappeared. 176 people have been injured. most of them either blown over by winds or hit by flying objects. the typhoon has passed over the noern coast. the center of the storm is traveling over the soeocean at about 75 kilometers. >>> u.s. military personnel in japan are preparing to fly the osprey aircraft for diplomeploy. they will now transport them to okinawa's air station. personnel plan to deploy the tilt row tar aircraft in october. japanese officials agreed on safety measures to reassure officials with the checkered history. pilots will avoid flying over densely populated areas. they'll also take care when tilting propellers. locals were out to protest the osprey's deployment. >>> a group o
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Oct 18, 2012 6:00am PDT
peacefully based on international law. takafumi terui, nhk world, tokyo. >>> a senior american official has similar advice for chinese leaders. u.s. deputy secretary of state william burns wants them to resolve the senkaku dispute diplomatically rather than by making the threats or using force. burns met in beijing with chinese foreign minister yang jiechi. he reportedly told yang the united states will not take sides on the issue, something american officials have said repeatedly in recent weeks. china's state-run xinhua news agency reports yang reiterated his country's stance on the dispute. chinese maintain the uninhabited islands are part of their territory. analysts see this latest comment as a message to the u.s. to stay out of the matter. >>> dozens of politicians in japan have done something their neighbors in south korea and china feel opens an old wound. two cabinet ministers and nearly 70 other lawmakers visited the yasukuni shrine. the site honors japan's war dead, including major war criminals. the lawmakers are mainly from the ruling democratic party and the main opposition li
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Oct 9, 2012 5:00pm PDT
before he jets to tokyo to attend the imf world bank meetings. he is welcoming efforts by indian leaders to reform their economy. geithner meant with the indian finance minister in new delhi. >> i think the reforms outlined by the government of india offer very promising paths to improving growth outcomes for the indian economy. >> observers say geithner is urging the indian government to proceed with the economic reform policies. the prime minister has been trying to implement changes. one example is his push to open the retail sector to foreign supermarkets. plans to ease restrictions on foreign investment have sparked an angry reaction. one party has left the ruling coalition in protest. >>> now let's check on the markets. u.s. stock markets ended lower on tuesday as lingering uncertainties about the global economy led investors to sell shares. to see how stocks are trading this wednesday morning, let's go to ra mean at the tokyo stock exchange. the earnings season kicked off in the u.s. giving investors the jitters it seems. >> jitters indeed. we did see the dow trading lower but the
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Oct 23, 2012 5:00pm PDT
their relations. another meeting between senior officials took place in tokyo on october 11th. japan and china is ready to look for a break through while studying the economic impact of the strained ties and public opinion. >>> japanese disaster management experts have shared lessons from last year's earthquake and tsunami at a recent seminar in sri lanka. the event was held columbo. the government officials and civil engineers attended. the indian ocean tsunami in 2004 killed about 30,000 people in sri lanka. tohoko university professor advised they develop a system that quickly estimates the height of the tsunami and issues warnings to resident. >> you have the firsthand experience in the tsunami and the earthquake, so the first knowledge is pretty much for the future disaster work. >> the professor stressed the importance of gathering information about past tsunamis from ancient documts a geological evidence and said this would prepare them for a massive tsunami that may come once in a few hundred years. >>> two osprey transport aircraft deployed to okinawa on october 1st carried out the fi
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Oct 5, 2012 7:30am EDT
in tokyo and the uss john c.steniss are operating together. several warships, vessels equipped with the aegis air defense system are running along side them. a spokesperson says it provide a comb combat ready force that protects the interest of the u.s. and allies. >>> south korean defense ministry lodge aid protest with the japanese government in a dispute. this one in the sea of japan. japan claims that the islands, south korea controls them. ministry officials say a japanese helicopter entered a restricted area around the island. south korea's kbs television reported the incident. defense ministry officials say the helicopter took off from a japanese self-defense ship about 50 kilometers east of the island. they say, it entered a buffer zone just outside south korean airspace. fighter pilots issued warnings then the helicopter left. air craft must receive permission to enter the area. japan's maritime self defense force officials denied there was a problem. they say the helicopter's crew was taking part in routine training over open sea. they admit the aircraft, entered the
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Oct 10, 2012 7:30am EDT
>>> welcome back to "newsline." i'm yuko aotani in tokyo. people who work in finance look around and see a lot of risks. they work in a complex system one that seems fragile. economists at the international monetary fund and world bank are looking at the system as part of their annual meetings in tokyo. and ron madison is covering the meeting for us. ron, what its the view like today? >> yuko, you might see behind me, the view is quieter. many are in sendi attending meetings. business as usual. economists trying to push the leaders of developed economies down a prudent path. weighed some of the risks and say confidence pretty much everywhere is still pretty fragile. economists release global financial stability report, checkup of the financial system. >> the choice today is between making the necessary but tough policy and political decisions or delaying them once more in the false hope that time is on our side. it is not. >> the man there says it is time for governments off to act. he said the biggest risk is the euro zone. private sector money pulled out from peripheral economi
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Oct 17, 2012 6:00am PDT
nakaima met john roos at the american embassy in tokyo. nakaima expressed grave concern the matter could irreparably damage trust between okinawa and the u.s. military there. roos told the leaders take the incident seriously and are extremely concerned. >> translator: i wonder if u.s. servicemen are willing to abide by the law, and it gives me chills just to think that such people actually fly military planes. people in okinawa are losing their trust. >> just about everyone in okinawa has something to say about this case. some are angry. some are fed up. >> translator: i knew something like this would happen again. but i'm still shocked. >> it's really sad. i hope it won't happen again. >> i'm afraid the problem are remain as long as the base is around. i can only hope they make sure it won't happen again. >> a woman's group in okinawa is also raising its voice. members of the group are demanding restrictions on u.s. soldiers' activities outside the base. okinawa women act against military violence held a news conference. >> translator: how can u.s. soldiers commit such a crime at a time
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Oct 22, 2012 6:00am PDT
walk recognized as a guinness world record. >>> good weather continues until today. that is in tokyo, according to meteorologist robert speta. robert? >>> we are seeing sunny skies over much of japan, but we have this low-pressure area bringing heavy rain showers to the korean peninsula here, and now it's pushing off towards the east. first it will start to impact western japan and eventually into tokyo by about tuesday in your noon hours. with that, some heavy showers going to be seen here. thunderstorm activity, hail could even be seen with some of these. but then you mention the fact there could be a tornado here in some of these stronger storm systems so, definitely a very severe system. also these heavy rains, about 50 millimeters per hour, could be seeing about 100 to 120 millimeters throughout the duration of your tuesday. but good news into the afternoon hours, as this continues to push east, western japan, first you'll see sunny skies, then east in tokyo, and even off towards the north, rain throughout your day on tuesday in hokkaido, but you could see some snow showers on w
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Oct 15, 2012 7:00pm PDT
data. see how all that is affecting stocks. we go to ramin. good morning. how are tokyo stocks performing this morning. >> following the u.s.'s rise and that was better than expected than you just mentioned for september and also let's not forget the august number was revised higher. earnings from citigroup also coming out to a bit stronger than analysts expected which boosted financial sector stocks. let's see how all that is translating into the opening levels for this tuesday. the nikkei up just over three quarters of a percent. let's not forget yesterday the nikkei did snap four days of loss. volume was a little bit below average. investors were reluctant to push stocks higher. inver investors looking for any reason to buy. we should also keep an eye out for china related shares as well. that follows the export data that we had over the weekend and the cpi, inflation data that we had yesterday which was positive. we did see a bounce in china related shares. there are some shares that saw heavy losses. we're seeing a bounce and a rebound. we'll track of those today. softbank
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Oct 26, 2012 7:00pm PDT
to head up. daisuke azuma, nhk world, tokyo. >>> ethnic violence between buddhists and minority muslims is escalating in western myanmar. now the conflict is seen as potential threat to ongoing democratization in the country. patchari raksawong at our bureau in bangkok has the details. the confirmed death toll from the conflict has passed 100. the fighting has become a major concern for president thein sein's government, which is striving to bring stability to myanmar. the conflict is centered in the west of the country, where rohingya muslims are the minority. the government has declared a state of emergency, saying the violence has been steadily intensifying since the 21st of this month with the death toll rising to 112 and threatening to go even higher. in one incident, police lost control over a crowd and opened fire, leading to some casualties. the roots of the clash go back to may this year when a buddhist woman was allegedly raped by a muslim group. discrimination against rohingya muslims in the area is strong and appears to be a major factor behind the continuing violence. the c
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